Good Samaritans rush to save 4-year-old who fell into North Fork Santiam River

North Fork County Park in Marion County, Oregon. (Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office)

LYONS, Ore. -- Four strangers leapt into action after a 4-year-old boy was swept down river at the North Fork County Park reaction area in east Marion County, the sheriff's office said.

The boy, who was standing with his father and siblings next to the water's edge, ended up in the river after his father looked away for a few moments, police said. The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.

That's when two men -- Jason McDade and Christian Lozano -- jumped into action, pulling the boy from the water.

On the beach, certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and registered nurse Maryela Lozano began CPR the boy's lifeless body, police said.

When paramedics arrived the boy was again breathing and was transported to Santiam Hospital where he's expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

The child was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident, the report said.

Marion County Sheriff's Office reminds visitors that recreating in open water can be dangerous and to please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water.

"We would also like to thank all of the rescuers who worked together to save a young boys life," the sheriff's office said.

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